The EUR/USD pair reached 1.1776, an over two-year high during the Asian session, and as a consequence of Fed's monetary policy announcement, which bring no news. The US Federal Reserve failed to clarify when it would start reducing its $4.5B balance sheet, sounding a bit more concerned on softer inflation, triggering a dollar's sell-off. The advance could have lost upward momentum, but the case for a dollar steeper recovery is for now out of the cards. The intraday slide is seen as corrective, moreover as the pair is currently recovering after nearing the 1.1700 figure.
The American dollar retains the soft tone across the board, with the EUR/USD pair inching higher at the beginning of the day, adding a couple of pips to its recent yearly high, now being 1.1683. Nevertheless, there was little follow-through, with majors confined to tight ranges ahead of London's opening. The European session brought the July Markit preliminary services and composite PMIs, which came below expected and previous, sending the pair down to 1.1629. The figures indicate easing growing momentum in the EU for a second consecutive month, but the numbers also indicate that the rate of growth is just slightly below the recent six-year high.
The EUR/USD pair recovered its upward momentum after ECB's latest monetary policy announcement, as the market chose to read the positive headlines and ignore the negative ones. Having traded as low as 1.1479, the pair jumped up to 1.1573, as Draghi promised to discuss changes in guidance in the fall. Policymakers have unanimously decided so, and to keep the ongoing policy unchanged. The press conference started with Draghi saying that recent data confirmed economic strengthening and broad recovery, yet he quickly added that “very substantial accommodation is still needed." He also expressed concerns over inflation being on its way to their target, but not yet there.
The EUR/USD pair eases from its recent highs, but remains within a limited intraday range amid a holiday in Japan and ahead of the release of EU inflation data. The greenback anyway, retains the weak tone after poor inflation and retail sales figures released last Friday cooled down the case for a tighter monetary policy in the US, trading near multi-month lows against most of its major rivals. In June, the EU CPI is expected to have remained flat, while up by 1.3% compared to a year earlier. The macroeconomic calendar has little else to offer today, with market's attention centered on the ECB's monetary policy meeting that will take place next Thursday.
Major pairs trade uneventfully as the week kicks in, with safe-havens' yen and gold weakness outstanding, alongside with stocks positive tone. The EUR/USD pair hovers around 1.1400, following the release of EU data, which included German's May trade balance, and the EU Sentix confidence survey. The first posted a surplus of €20.3B as expected, with exports surging 1.4% and exports up by 1.2%. The Sentix economic index for the euro area has risen for the fifth time in a row to 28.3 points, slightly below the previous and expected 28.4, weighing partially on the common currency. The US macroeconomic calendar will offer some minor reports, including June's labor market conditions index and May's consumer credit change.
The British Pound remains under selling pressure, falling against the greenback down to 1.2862 so far today, its lowest for this July. There are no major news driving the market this Monday, although BOJ's Kuroda reaffirming easing will remain in place until the Central Bank achieves its 2% target has helped the greenback due to the imbalances within both central banks. The GBP came under pressure at the end of last week, as soft growth-linked data cooled down hopes for a rate hike coming from the BOE.
The EUR/USD pair consolidates its Thursday's gains ahead of the release of the US Nonfarm Payroll report, having extended its weekly advance by a few pips, up to 1.1427. The pair retreated modestly after UK disappointing data gave a push up to the greenback, but the overall positive tone persists, as it holds above the 1.1400 level. Minor data released at the beginning of the day was encouraging, with German Industrial Production up in May by 1.2% from the previous month and by 5.0% when compared to May 2016. The monthly core reading, excluding energy and construction was up by 1.3%.
The GBP/USD pair recovers after falling down to 1.2943, having surpassed Friday's low by a couple of pips before buyers jumped back in. The pair eased at the beginning of the day amid a recovery in the greenback that anyway looks corrective across the board, as the American currency remains near multi-week lows against most of its major rivals. Adding to Pound's decline was the release of the Markit manufacturing PMI for June, which came in at a 3-month low of 54.3, below previous 57.3. The bounce from the mentioned level suggests that longs are not yet ready to give up, although upcoming US data can give the greenback another boost in the short term. From a technical point of view, the 4 hours chart shows that the price is a handful of pips below a bullish 20 SMA, whilst technical indicators pared their declines near their mid-lines, and are currently trying to recover, not enough at this point, to suggest the pair has found a daily bottom. Renewed selling pressure below the mentioned low can see the downward corrective movement extending down to the 1.2870 region later today.
The EUR/USD par trades at 1.1367 ahead of the US opening, its lowest since last Wednesday, as the dollar got the market's favor this Monday. An improvement investors' sentiment and steady US Treasury yields are helping the greenback across the board, and against the EUR, in spite of strong final local manufacturing PMIs. The EU final Markit manufacturing PMI came at 57.4 in June, above May's 57.0 and the preliminary estimate of 57.3, showing that expansion in the sector accelerated at its fastest pace in over six years. German's manufacturing PMI was also revised higher, up to 59.6, from previous estimate of 59.6. On a negative note, the EU unemployment rate came at 9.3%, above previous and expected 9.2%.
The EUR/USD pair surged up to 1.1248, surpassing last week's high, following an optimistic Draghi on the local recovery. The ECB's head added the usual "considerable degree of stimulus still needed," but said also that all signs point to a broad recovery in the Euro Area, given the market the trigger needed to wake up of its lethargy. There were no macroeconomic news in Asia to affect currencies, and the European calendar will also remain empty, with the focus on different Central Banks' authorities, with speeches from RBA´s Debelle, BOE's Carney, and Fed's Yellen outstanding today. The US has also scheduled some minor reports on manufacturing and housing.
The common currency retreats in the European morning after topping at 1.1207 against the greenback, unable to capitalize a stronger-than-expected German IFO survey. According to the official release, business sentiment surged to 115.1 in June from 114.6 in May, its highest since 1991. Both, the assessment of the current situation and expectations rose beyond expected, also beating previous month's readings. The dollar got an unexpected boost, as alongside with the German release, gold prices plummeted down from 1,253 to 1,236 in a matter of seconds, recovering some ground but still some $10.00 an ounce below pre-release levels.
The EUR/USD pair trades above 1.1180 for the first time in four days, backed at the beginning of the day by renewed dollar's weakness across the board amid yield's weakness, now advancing on strong preliminary Markit PMIs for June. The figures, however, were mixed with manufacturing up and services down, dragging the composite reading to a five-month low for the whole region, as the situation replicated in Germany and other major economies.
The pair remains in red in early Friday's trading but holding above initial support at 111.00 (55SMA) as Thursday's long-tailed Doji signaled strong downside rejection.
The GBP/USD pair trades a few pips above the 1.2800 level, and nearing last week high of 1.2817, as the EU and Britain start formal talks to split. The idea is to set the terms on which the UK is leaving the Union, something that won't be solve in this first talks. It will a long, rough path, particularly for the kingdom, as PM May's negotiation power was weakened by the result of the latest election. Hopes that she will have to give up on her "hard-Brexit" stance, and will have to accept a softer one, backed the Pound at the beginning of last week, but as talks start, investors took a step aside.
The EUR/USD pair trades uneventfully around its Friday's close, with little in the macroeconomic calendar to take care of, beyond a couple of Fed speakers in the US afternoon. Focus today is on Brexit negotiations, as both parts, the EU and the UK will try to agree the steps they will take for an orderly exit of the kingdom from the Union.
The GBP/USD pair is up this Tuesday, with the Pound getting a boost from mixed inflation data. May CPI rose by 0.3% monthly basis, below previous 0.5%, but above market's expectations of 0.2%. When compared to a year earlier, inflation jumped to 2.9%, its highest since April 2012.
The EUR/USD pair remains stuck around 1.1200, with markets mixed ahead of Central Banks' meetings, starting with the US Federal Reserve this Wednesday. The Fed is largely expected to raise rates by 25 bps, but there's a lot of uncertainty over what will happen next with rate after that, given softening data ever since the year started.
The common currency trades in the upper end of this year's range against the greenback, barely retreating from the 1.1280 region, re-tested late Tuesday. Speculative interest is just waiting for first-tier events that would take place this Thursday, including an ECB monetary policy meeting. UK elections will also take place tomorrow, and could opaque in part Draghi's announcement, at least short term. Anyway, the overall risk remains towards the upside, with the greenback at fresh multi-week lows against the JPY, the AUD, and even gold.
The GBP/USD pair trades uneventfully around the 1.2900 figure, although the Pound started the week with a sour tone, hit by another terror attack in London and a new poll showing that PM May's Conservative party continues losing its advantage against Labour rivals. Voters favoring conservatives are 42%, while those backing the Labour party represent 38%, according to a YouGov poll just released. The pair bounced from a daily low of 1.2855, but pared gains after the release of the May Markit Services PMI, down to 53.8 in the month from previous 56.8.
The EUR/USD pair retreated modestly from the 2017 high set last Friday at 1.1284 at the weekly opening, but holds around 1.1260 in a quiet European morning, with half Europe on holidays amid Whit Monday. The release of final Markit services and composite PMIs in the region showed that economic growth expanded at its fastest rate in six years in May. The EU services PMI came in a 56.3 from an initial estimate of 56.2, while the composite PMI was confirmed at 56.8.
Pound plunged to the base of its last four-week's range against the greenback, with the pair printing 1.2857 so far today and trading a handful of pips above it. Oil's decline has affected the UK currency but the sell-off came following a YouGov poll showing that PM Theresa May is losing support, having accumulate a 5 points loss in the past two weeks. Soft macroeconomic data released in the UK this Thursday also dented confidence towards the GBP.